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1 Monster, 4 Shepherds, Fall Colour Cruise 2013

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I have planned many rendezvous for our club but this one always makes me worry a little as weather plays a huge part and the odds this time of year are against us. Rain threatens the event all week long, we lost a few members whose faith in Mother Nature was less than trusting. Still 9 boats and 29 hardy classic boaters arrived to defy the threat of nasty weather. As the few boats trailered in launched at the ramp the skies were gray and a scotch mist fell on the varnish. Yellow Coats were the order of the day however by the time we all gathered and started on our way our luck held and the rain stopped for the duration of our trip. Unfortunately one of our enthusiastic regulars who have been a great supporter of events blew his transmission 15 mins in, sometimes even the most prepared vessels fail. The rest of us carried on to see the change of the season and the wonderful fall colours. Behind the lead boat our 4 shepherds kept the rest of the flock in line as we meandered into coves and bays around are lake. Coming out of a long bay we met up with the 126 year old Segwun, honks and toots were acknowledged and many photos were shared from both angles. After many waves we continued on around Browning Island where we came upon a monster sitting on a dock. We slowed and quietly slipped by unnoticed as it did not make a move. Now on the home stretch back to the warmth of a fire and pot luck lunch we approached our second steam boat, “Wenonah II” More waves and on we went. On our way back Greg and Gerry saw a woody boat cruising and she waved them over. They met Shirley in the area of our lunch. Shirley was wondering if they knew where a Morris Island was? Surprised, Greg, Gerry and Harper all looked at each other and said well yes we do, follow us, Shirley had one more request for the boys, Not to Fast! Great to see knew faces at the events. We all made it back for the lunch and shared the great camaraderie of the classic boater family. With the last run of the year celebrated, it is now time to put our babies to bed for the winter and dream of where next year’s adventures on the water will take us.

Read the Extended Article on Woody Boater and watch the Fall Colour Cruise 2013 video!

This past weekend I had the privilege to board the RMS Segwun steamship and take part in the 100 Mile Cruise. This historic event was the highlight of the summer in Muskoka and will provide enduring memories for many years. Here are a few pics of the journey which departed Gravenhurst at 8:30am and returned 12 hours later. Please click on each photo to get a 1600 pixel shot.
There was a very large crowd waiting for us as we entered the Port Carling locks. The Wenonah II steamship was following closely behind us.

 

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